Flint man pleads guilty in jewelry store theft

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A Flint man was sentenced to six years of deferred adjudication as part of a recently plea deal after having allegedly stole more than $50,000 over a six-month period from the business he was employed at in Tyler.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, Justin Bryant Davis appeared in the 241st District Court of Judge Jack Skeen Jr. According to the terms of his plea deal, Davis pled guilty to a third-degree felony theft and was required to pay $65,000 in restitution, of which he paid $25,000 of the total last Thursday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Davis worked for American Gold and Diamond Exchange, located at 1608 S. Fleishel Ave. Police were contacted by the business owner and said he believed Davis was altering the amount of cash paid for jewelry sold by customers to the business, with the misleading dating from June through December 2017.

Officers took the initial report from the business owner in early January, who showed detectives a receipt for $500 that originally had a price of $1,500 on it. According to the owner, Davis possibly removed $1,000 from the register after altering the receipt.

The business owner, a private investigator, and detective confronted Davis about the receipts in late January, to which Davis admitted to some instances, but denied others; finally, he admitted to having taken between $20,000 - $25,000.

According to the affidavit, Davis said he would write out a ticket and give the seller the money, then add a “1” at the beginning or “0” at the end of the price to make the ticket reflect a higher transaction, and pocket the extra money.

After contacting a large number of customers in regards to the amount they had received for their transactions, many of them said the amounts on the receipts were incorrect. A spreadsheet compiled by the private investigator showed a total of $52,262 in cash allegedly stolen by Davis.

Similar to probation, as a part of his deferred adjudication, Davis is required to meet a number of conditions during the six-year timeframe; if he pays the restitution amount back early, he could possibly be released from deferred adjudication early. However, if it takes him longer than the six-year period to pay it back, the deferred adjudication may be extended.

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